Expanding the Community Link Officer role

Funded through Pembrokeshire County Council’s ‘Enhancing Pembrokeshire’ Grant, and supported by Llanrhian Community Council, the Llanrhian Connected Community project has been awarded £14,520 of funding to build on the progress made in 2021.

The project started in Jan 2021, with some modifications to the school hall at Ysgol Croesgoch to enable it to be used more frequently as a community venue, and also had an allocation of 240 hours for the year to employ a Community Link Officer. Following a recruitment process the role was awarded to Nia Jenkins in January 2021, and she has put in place the building blocks and been a key part of the team, which has also included a handful of volunteers who have been active in the community, organised events, and helped set the direction of travel for 2022.

It’s therefore good news that I’ve been successful in securing further funding for 2022 from the Enhancing Pembrokeshire grant, supported by Llanrhian Community Council, which means that the community link officer hours can be increased from the 240 hours allocated in 2021 to 540 hours in 2022. As Nia has indicated that she’d like to continue, I will be proposing to Llanrhian Community Council that we retain her services. However, I’d like to see if we can find someone in the community who might have the time and expertise to work alongside Nia as a second Community Link Officer, so if that’s you then read on.

Funded for one from January 2022 year, the Community Link Officer role is essential to the cohesion of the project with responsibility for a number of activities. The role is remunerated and will report to  Llanrhian Community Council.

The Community Link Officer(s) will:

  • Be responsible for the development and coordination of programs and events;
  • Develop and implement marketing plans to create awareness of and engagement with the project within the community;
  • Ensure the successful sharing of information and coordination of events;
  • Take bookings for the community hub at Ysgol Croesgoch;
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with community groups, key members of the community and local government agencies;
  • Remain aware of potential volunteer and financial opportunities that may help maintain the project in the future;
  • Report progress to Llanrhian Community Council,
  • Have the opportunity to shape the role to ensure that the project meets its objectives.

The Community Link Officer(s) role will be ideally suited to someone who:

  • Lives in the Llanrhian Community Council area;
  • Is an active and engaged member of the community;
  • Is a Welsh speaker;
  • Has experience of and can evidence community engagement;
  • Has marketing experience, including online marketing;
  • Is able to work with community groups and local government agencies;
  • Can work flexible hours when required (including evenings and weekends);
  • Is digitally competent and comfortable using video-conferencing technology;
  • Is reliable, diligent and passionate about the area we live in.

The funding allocation is for a total of 540 hours, and will be allocated between the link officers depending on expertise and available time to commit to the project. At a rate of £18 per hour, it will be paid by Llanrhian Community Council as gross, not PAYE, so the individuals appointed will need to take responsibility for their own tax and National Insurance contributions.

If you’d like a refresher on what the project is all about, you can visit the connected community website here or read a brief explainer here.

If you’d like to consider yourself for the role, please get in touch for an informal conversation or send an email to neilprior@outlook.com explaining why you’d be suitable for the role by Jan 5th 2022.

Community Link Officer

Llanrhian Connected Community – Community Link Officer Job Description

Funded through Pembrokeshire County Council’s ‘Enhancing Pembrokeshire’ Grant, and supported by Llanrhian Community Council, the Llanrhian Connected Community project has been awarded £11,536 of funding to facilitate the establishment of a community hub utilising Ysgol Croesgoch’s School hall, the appointment of a Community Link Officer for one year, and provide funding for two print-runs of the Llais Rhian newsletter whilst developing its digital presence. The project will be supported by ‘in-kind’ voluntary contributions from local residents in the areas of business mentoring, environmental services and wellbeing and volunteering. The project will also consider establishing a Steering Board to help create momentum, provide direction and foster a sense of community ownership.

There a number of aims of the project, which are to promote:

  • Community cohesion – a community that is characterised by a common community identity and sense of belonging to the area for all residents;
  • Community resilience – to take collective action to increase the community’s resilience, to come together to identify and support vulnerable individuals,  and to take responsibility for the promotion of individual resilience;
  • Raising overall standards of achievement – through the business and professional mentoring scheme that we plan to run, supporting local people and by helping people to contribute to protecting our environment.

Funded for one year, the Community Link Officer is essential to the cohesion of the project with responsibility for a number of activities. The role is remunerated and will report to  Llanrhian Community Council.

The Community Link Officer will:

  • Be responsible for the development and coordination of programs and events;
  • Develop and implement a marketing plan to create awareness of and engagement with the project within the community;
  • Ensure the successful sharing of information and coordination of events;
  • Research and implement a community calendar to share projects and events with the community via every accessible method;
  • Take bookings for the community hub at Ysgol Croesgoch;
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with community groups, key members of the community and local government agencies;
  • Remain aware of potential volunteer and financial opportunities that may help maintain the project in the future;
  • Report progress to Llanrhian Community Council, and the Llanrhian Connected Community Steering Board (once established);
  • Have the opportunity to shape the role to ensure that the project meets its objectives.

The Community Link Officer role will be ideally suited to someone who:

  • Lives in the Llanrhian Community Council area;
  • Is an active and engaged member of the community;
  • Is a Welsh speaker;
  • Has experience of and can evidence community engagement;
  • Has marketing experience, including online marketing;
  • Is able to work with community groups and local government agencies;
  • Can work flexible hours when required (including evenings and weekends);
  • Is digitally competent and comfortable using video-conferencing technology;
  • Is reliable, diligent and passionate about the area we live in.

This role is for an initial period of one year to prove the concept, and will offer a salary of £4,320 for 240 hours work (20 hours per month). It will be paid by Llanrhian Community Council as gross, not PAYE, so the individual appointed will need to take responsibility for their own tax and National Insurance contributions.

If you are interested in applying for the role, please send your CV and covering letter explaining why you would be the ideal candidate to the Clerk of Llanrhian Community Council, Vanessa Walker, via email to vanessa.walker@outlook.com by 5pm, Friday 27th November 2020. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom following submissions and shortlisting, with a decision being made by Friday 11th December.

The starting date will be agreed with the successful individual following their appointment, but this is likely to be January 2021.

For an informal conversation and to find out more, please contact Neil Prior on cllr.neil.prior@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or 07834 093181.